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by Robert Dallek

  • Author: Robert Dallek
  • ISBN: 0195132386
  • ISBN13: 978-0195132380
  • ePub: 1301 kb | FB2: 1614 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Leaders & Notable People
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 21, 1999)
  • Pages: 784
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 853
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Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973 ePub download

Drawing on hours of newly released White House tapes and dozens of interviews with people close to the President, Dallek reveals LBJ as a visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no chief executive before or since, and also displays the depth of his private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam.

To read Robert Dallek's new book on LBJ is to be transported back to the era that he helped make so angry and turbulent. Flawed Giant captures in unforgiving detail a president whose flaws were tragically larger than life. Dallek lets Johnson speak for himself, and no writer could create a more colorful, entertaining, inspiring, eccentric, or troubling character. -The Boston Sunday Globe.

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Robert A. Dallek (born May 16, 1934) is an American historian specializing in the . Dallek (born May 16, 1934) is an American historian specializing in the Presidents of the United States, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. He retired as a history professor at Boston University in 2004 and previously taught at Columbia University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Oxford University. He won the Bancroft Prize for his 1979 book Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932–1945 as well as other awards for scholarship and teaching. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and his Times, 1961–1973 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998) read online.

The concluding volume to Dallek's monumental biography of Johnson provides the most thorough, engrossing look ever at LBJ's years in the national spotlight. 16-page photo insert. 12 people like this topic.

Drawing on hours of newly released White House tapes and dozens of interviews with people close to the President, Dallek reveals LBJ as a visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no chief executive before or since, and also displays the depth of his private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam. Oxford University Press, USA. Book Format. I found this very easy to read. It provides a good history of the Johnson administration and covers a good deal more than policy making on Vietnam - the reason why I was initially interested. Details about the space programme, civil rights legislation and LBJ's relationship with his peers (particularly RFK) are some of the other areas that I enjoyed.

Flawed Giant--the monumental concluding volume to Robert Dallek's biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson--provides the most through, engrossing account ever published of Johnson's years in the national spotlight. Drawing on hours of newly released White House tapes and dozens of interviews with people close to the President, Dallek reveals LBJ as a visionary leader who worked his will on Congress like no chief executive before or since, and also displays the depth of his private anguish as he became increasingly ensnared in Vietnam. Writing in a clear, thoughtful, and evenhanded style, Dallek reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to ascend to the White House.
Ber
Very opinionated, but seems to capture his character well. When I read about a president. I want to know what makes that president different from other men. This book was very colorful. It even covers LBJ's KKK involvement (before the recent declassified documents confirmed it). I believe, however, LBJ was simply trying to get into power where he could make a difference. This book confirms my belief that he was angry that Kennedy's father stole the election. It fills in the motive behind JFK's assassination. After reading this book, read the declassified CIA documents. It is VERY clear he was pleased, if not complicit with JFK's assassination. He knew the only way he could help his Mexican friends was to become president. JFK was in the way.
Lanionge
Lyndon Johnson was a man of many contrasts. This book by Robert Dallek explores many of them but unfortunately not to the extent of Johnson's other biographer Robert Caro. ( A four book series) Flawed Giant focuses on Johnson's handling of the Vietnam War and how it affected his presidency and programs. I enjoyed the book and recommend it but encourage anyone interested in this very complex man to also read Caro's series.
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Modred
Unlike some other reviewers, I was not disappointed by this sequel to Lone Star Rising. LBJ was so complex, and so was his Presidency. I've read many books on him and often get the impression given by the parable of the elephant and the three blind men: each writer gives a part of the description of the 'elephant' that was Johnson, but no real complete picture. Mr. Dallek comes closer, in my opinion, to representing the complete picture of Johnson and his Presidency, than others. I've always viewed Johnson in the same mold as FDR, in terms of scope of personality and ability to place a personal stamp on his Presidency. Both mean had such great assets and achievements, and both had great shortcomings. The difference that comes to mind immediately is Johnson's lack of confidence in many judgments and life-long lack of self-confidence; this is well-illustrated in this book. Unlike Roosevelt, Johnson lacked the ability to disguise his motives and emotions in an ongoing manner.
Like other reviewers, I only wish there had been greater coverage of Johnson's Vice-Presidential years. I've never read any detailed history of this period in Johnson's life, other than the feuding with the Kennedy clan. There's probably a book here for someone willing to spend the time and effort.
Dallek's writing is much more balanced than the books by Caro, and I think history will prove them of greater value.
Burking
The book is in very good condition.
Dianazius
I sped through last year reading all three mammoth books in Robert A. Caro's Pulitzer Prize-winning LBJ biography series, and found them an incredibly readable, detailed portrayal of a man who was half megalomaniac, half incredibly gifted politician, a complex American Shakespearean character whose presidency crumbled into self-induced tragedy. Caro hasn't written the final book in his series yet concentrating on LBJ's presidency, so I decided to check out a competing LBJ biography by Dallek focusing on those years. And it's solid history, with great insight into LBJ's character and the disastrous decisions he made in Vietnam that undermined all the powerful social changes he achieved in civil rights and Medicare. Yet "Flawed Giant" is also kind of a slog, which Caro's books weren't. I can't quite put my finger on it, but Dallek lacks the fluid prose, deft research into place and era, and storytelling talent that Caro brought to LBJ - I was able to read hundreds of pages about dry as toast subjects like congressional redistricting and vote tallies and found them compelling reading under Caro. Yet here, I ended up getting bored silly by Dallek's bland recitation of the ups and downs of Vietnam, which you think would be interesting stuff. Dallek is a bit more even-handed in his appreciation of LBJ than Caro, but it just all felt a little too much like work. Guess it goes to show that it's as much in the storyteller as it is in the story. I'll be eagerly awaiting Caro's take on this same era, whenever it comes out.
Zyangup
This is the best book I've read about LBJ. It is the second part of Dallek's two-volume series on Johnson. Unlike the other, more-famous LBJ biographer (Caro), Robert Dallek is genuinely interested in communicating the information he has to the reader. Dallek shows the many facets of a complicated man who was a part of some pivotal moments in U.S. history, and has great behind-the-scenes stories of how the Johnson White House worked.
Nothing personal
An authoritative history do LBJ's White House years. This text is easily accessible and understood even without reading Lonoe Star Rising. In combination with Caro's books, an excellent history.
This is a well written account of Lyndon Johnson as president. It continues where MASTER OF THE SENATE by Robert Caro ends. The set of three books on Lyndon Johnson by Caro followed by FLAWED GIANT provide a fundamental insight into how the US has evolved in today's world. Lyndon Johnson had a watershed effect on the way we think and function today. Problems similar to those that Johnson addressed are being experienced today and these books illuminate the difficulties politicians have in solving them. Dallek does an excellent job looking into Johnson's thinking processes.
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